The opponents for all 2015 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team's home and away matchups was issued today by the NFL.
The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
- Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).
- The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).
- The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).
- Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).
The official 2015 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.
NFL Kickoff 2015 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, September 10, and the regular season will conclude on Sunday, January 3.
Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California will be played on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
OAKLAND RAIDERS 2015 OPPONENTS
Baltimore -The Ravens make their first trip to Oakland since a 21-13 Ravens victory in 2009. Baltimore leads the all-time regular season series 6-1 with the only win for the Silver and Black coming at home in 2003.
Cincinnati -The Bengals travel west to Oakland for the first time since the Silver and Black bested them 20-17 in 2009. The Raiders have won four of the last six match-ups and lead the all-time regular season series 18-9.
Green Bay -The Raiders and Packers will square off in Oakland for the first time since a 2003 meeting that Green Bay won 41-7. The Silver and Black have lost their last six meetings with the Packers, with their last win coming in 1987.
Minnesota -The Raiders host the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since a 2003 meeting that the Raiders won 28-18. Oakland has won three of the last four match-ups with the Vikings, and lead the all-time series 9-4.
New York Jets -The Jets and Raiders square off for the third-consecutive year in 2015. Although Oakland flew east and lost to the Jets in the opening game of the 2014 campaign, they still lead the all-time series 21-17-2. Rookie Derek Carr made his first career start at quarterback for the Raiders against the Jets in 2014.
Denver -The Raiders host Denver in the hopes of snapping a four-game losing streak against the Broncos at home. The Silver and Black last defeated Denver at O.co Coliseum in 2010.
Kansas City -The Chiefs return to Oakland to take on the Raiders after splitting the season series in 2014. The Silver and Black defeated the Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday Night Football, and then traveled to Kansas City where they lost 31-13 in Week 15. Overall, the Chiefs lead the all-time series, 56-51-2.
San Diego - The Raiders in-state rivals fly north to take on the Silver and Black after close victories in both 2014 match-ups. Although the Chargers secured two victories last season, the Raiders still hold the edge in the all-time series, 58-50-2.
Cleveland -The Raiders return to Cleveland in 2015 to take on the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium for the second year in a row. In Week 8 of 2014, rookie QB Derek Carr threw for 328 yards and a touchdown although the Raiders fell to the Browns 23-13. The Raiders still lead the all-time series, 11-10.
Pittsburgh -The Silver and Black fly back to Pittsburgh for the first time since a 35-3 2010 loss to the Steelers. The Raiders have won four of the last five match-ups and lead the all-time series 12-9.
Chicago -The Raiders and Bears meet for the first time since 2011, and in Chicago for the first time since 2003. During their last match-up in the Windy City, the Raiders fell to the Bears 24-21, but still lead the all-time series 7-6.
Detroit -Oakland and the Lions square off for the first time since 2011, and in Detroit for the first time since 2003. The Silver and Black came up short on their last trip to Ford Field, but still lead the all-time series with Detroit 6-5.
Tennessee - The Raiders and Titans meet for the first time in Nashville since a 2010 contest that the Silver and Black lost 38-13. The Raiders least beat Tennessee in 2005, but lead the all-time series 23-20.
Denver -The Silver and Black fly to Colorado in the hopes of winning their first game in Denver since a 20-19 2009 win over the Broncos. Although they lost both meetings to the Broncos last season, they still lead the all-time series 59-48-2.
Kansas City -The Silver and Black return to Arrowhead Stadium trying to snap a two-game skid against the Chiefs in their home stadium. The Raiders last road victory against Kansas City was 26-16 in 2012.
San Diego -The Raiders head south to San Diego in the hopes of snapping a three-game losing streak at Qualcomm Stadium. Oakland fell to the Chargers in San Diego last year 13-6 with their last win against the Chargers on the road coming in 2011.